We look forward to having students and employees back on campus, bringing it alive with joy, laughter and the love of learning.
As we move forward with optimism, dedication and excitement about our reopening, our foremost concern is to ensure and sustain the health, safety and well-being of our community. Care and trust are our touchstones as we prepare for the smoothest possible return.
To that end, our preparations are aligned with our guiding principles
, along with public health guidelines and the Ministry of Education’s Approach to Reopening Schools.
To maximize and strengthen our safety, we are using a “layered” approach to risk mitigation, with multiple, overlapping protective measures in play. Key highlights of this approach include the following:
- Decreasing the number of interactions between individuals
- Planning for flexible pivot between virtual, hybrid and on-campus learning
- Shared responsibility for familiarity with expectations and protocols that serve our communal health and wellness.
An Evidence-Based Approach
Current evidence and experience support a return to school in a careful, structured way that minimizes risks from a public health perspective. Our plan is grounded by consultation with our community, along with guidelines issued by the World Health Organization, the Hospital for Sick Children and CIS Ontario, along with resources from public health, boarding school associations, and higher education and government publications. We will continue to develop and evolve our evidence-based planning throughout the course of this pandemic.
Balance, Flexibility and Resilience
It’s unavoidable that on-campus life will take some adjustment, with the lived experience of risk mitigation. However, we know our students, employees and parents are committed to rising to this challenge with flexibility and resilience.
Though challenging, we stand with the guiding ethos of our institutional peers, that it is critical to balance the risk of COVID-19 in children with the impact of school closures on their physical and mental health.
With our return to school preparations rooted in what we know today, we are nevertheless well positioned to deliver an exceptional learning environment in a variety of future scenarios.
We are confident that, as we welcome you back, the singular energy of re-emerging campus life and learning will enliven us all, and that we will flourish and prevail.
Karen L. Jurjevich